What Atta Mills Told The Black Stars Players Prior To The 2010 World Cup Match Against The US

Lee Addy, a former Black Stars defender, talked about his experiences during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

In this historic match, Lee Addy, who was then representing Berekum Chelsea in the Ghana Premier League, made his World Cup debut.

Addy identified the match against the United States as his most difficult in a thorough report posted on Ernest Brew Smith’s YouTube channel. When he got into the game, the score was knotted at one. He remembers being overcome with emotion.

But he was inspired by a meeting he had with Ghana’s then-president, Professor John Evans Atta Mills, who stopped by the team’s locker room prior to the game.

Professor Mills underlined the match’s historical and competitive significance as well as the significance of winning over the US.

“Professor Mills came to see us in the changing room and gave us encouragement. He urged us to go for success by pointing up Ghana’s superiority against the US historically. He told us that we should aim for victory and that history was on our side. Professor Mills said he was in favor of our winning strategy,” Addy recalled.

In addition, Addy shared an amazing conversation she had with the legendary African leader Nelson Mandela, who gave some insightful advice regarding Ghana’s impending quarterfinal match against Uruguay.

“Nelson Mandela came to see us prior to the Uruguay game and informed us what will happen. He informed us that we would suffer injustice,” Addy disclosed.

Ghana defeated the United States in overtime during the round of 16, making history as the third country from Africa to advance to the quarterfinals in the world’s biggest football competition.

The thrilling finish to the quarterfinal encounter versus Uruguay left a lasting impression on history. Luis Suarez handled the ball on what would have been the final play, and Asamoah Gyan missed a critical opportunity. Ghana lost 4-2 in the penalty shootout.

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